[techtalk] swtiching rhat drives . . .

Jeff Dike jdike at karaya.com
Wed Nov 10 12:42:43 EST 1999

> What switches where you using for cp? It _only_ works with '-a' all
> others ('-dpf' for example) copy "byte by byte" and thus fill your
> disk :-).

I did just -p.

Both the man page and info file say this:
       -a, --archive
              same as -dpR

-d is preserve symlinks, -p is preserve attributes, and -R is recurse.

-d and -R obviously weren't relevant, so I tried -p in case the file type was 
considered an attribute (which tar doesn't do, -p is just permissions and 


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